“I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” ~ Edward Everett Hale
Step 1: Be Positive
Sometimes a positive attitude can make all the difference. Sometimes the only thing standing between you and greatness is you. The devil loves to tell us that we can’t—we’re not strong enough, not good enough, not smart enough. So often we listen to him and because we believe those things, we stay rooted at the bottom of the steps in fear and discouragement. The “cannot’s” stand in the way of the “can’s” like the walls of Jericho. What would happen if we just told the devil to get lost and blew our trumpets like the Israelites, blasting the walls of Jericho to pieces? What if we said, “Yes, I can!” and forced our feet to start climbing the stairs, one foot after the other? What if that’s all it takes to reach the dream or to change the world?
There’s a quote attributed to Henry Ford that says, “Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right.”
Step 2: Be Bold
“We must dare to be great; and we must realize that greatness is the fruit of toil and sacrifice and high courage…” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Without courage, dreams would die. Without courage, liberty would vanish. Without courage, life would wither and decay. Courage dreams and turns dream into reality. Courage upholds liberty and takes the necessary stand. Courage feeds life like rain to parched flowers. To be great, we must be brave. To make a difference, we must be bold. We may feel the grasp of fear tighten around our souls, but, in order to break free, we must be courageous and take the first step even as fear tries to hold us back. We must keep climbing even as failure tries to hinder us.
Step 3: Believe
“Be courageous. Be independent. Only remember where the true courage and independence come from.” ~ Phillips Brooks
Step 3 is last, but most important. We may be as positive and as bold as the greatest and noblest of mortals, but without God, we are nothing and capable of nothing. However, “with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26.) No matter how ill-suited we may be for the tasks of greatness set before us, if we follow God and trust in His ability to help us to succeed, we, like Moses, can do anything. Moses had a speech impediment, he was an outcast from his people, but the Lord called him to lead a nation. With the Lord’s help he did lead a nation, he led them to freedom, and he became one of the greatest men to ever live.
So triumphant living calls for us to be positive, to be bold, to follow God, and to believe that “[we] can do all things through Christ, who strengthens [us].” (Philippians 4:13) If we do these things, there is no limit to the things that we may accomplish and we will indeed be living triumphantly.